More about: Hardy Bros.
Category: Fishing - Antique
Subcategory: Rods and reels
VINTAGE GREENHEART TROUT FLY ROD, HARDY'S HOTSPUR, ALNWICK.
The Hardy's 'HOTSPUR' is made of well-seasoned greenheart and is a 2-piece rod made by Hardy's of Alnwick. The rod is in good original condition. The rod has the registration number G29025 (dating it to ????), suction joint, snake rings, adjustable ring and housed butt cap and cork handle. The rod is 7' 4 ¾' long and is in original canvas bag with Hardy's fabric label. It has the painted black inscription spiraling around the shaft 'the Hotspur Rod'. The alloy screw fitting also has Hardy's logo on it.
Showing is also a Hardy's Anglers' Guides catalogue entry for the rod.
One of the most famous fishing tackle manufactures in the world is Hardy Brothers of Alnwick, Northumberland. They were and still are renowned for quality manufacturing of game fishing tackle. Their reputation has never faltered throughout the Company's long history which was started in 1872 by William Hardy and his brother John. The list of Hardy customers is very impressive. In 1901 they received their first Royal Warrant by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, and in their time Hardy had more Royal Appointments bestowed upon them from most of the crowned heads of Europe, H.M.King George V amongst them. They were the first manufacturer to make split cane rods in hexagonal form as The Hardy Palakona rod.